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Can Physical Therapy Help with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis can be painful and debilitating, but there is hope. With physical therapy, you may be able to tame some of the painful impacts of rheumatoid arthritis without increasing your medications or taking another round of steroids. Although it was once believed that people with rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, should avoid aerobic and weight-bearing activities, doctors now believe that these kinds of exercises may help to protect the joints. Here is a look at how physical therapy can be part of your RA treatment plan.

Understanding RA

RA is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the joints. Unlike osteoarthritis, which is caused by wear and tear on the joints, RA joint damage can occur even when joints are not under excessive pressure. Further, RA often impacts smaller joints on both sides of the body at once. Eventually, the disease can lead to joint disfiguration and can significantly impact everyday activities.

How Physical Therapy Can Help

Physical therapy can help you build strength and increase your range of motion, so that you can continue to do the things you love. During physical therapy, you can discuss the activities that are challenging to you or that you want to maintain the ability to do, and your therapist can build a program that focuses on the appropriate joints and muscles. In physical therapy, you can expect to do stretching exercises, strength training, and some cardio work. Your therapist will also teach you exercises you can do at home between sessions to continue to build strength.

Listen to Your Body

A physical therapist can work with you to find activities that help you build fitness safely. Be vocal about which activities are working for you and which ones are too stressful for your joints. Your physical therapist can help you learn to distinguish between joint pain and muscle fatigue from working out, so that you know when to push forward and when to rest.

Talk to a physical therapist at Manhattan Total Health to learn how therapy could be part of your RA treatment plan. Schedule an appointment with a professional physical therapist in New York, NY today by calling (888) 614-9257.

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